Jeff Robinson, COO, Zanthion
The world is facing a situation without precedent; soon, the population of older people will be more than that of the children. According to the Population Reference Bureau’s 2019 report, the aging of the baby boomer generation is predicted to fuel more than a 50 percent increase in the number of senior citizens to about 1.9 million by 2030. Considering older adults need more care and comfort to lead a healthy life without worries and anxiety, this looming demographic shift is prompting everyone to think about how best to care for the growing elderly community. Since elders desire a life with good health, dignity, and economic independence, it is imperative to take the necessary steps to make sure that they are suitably cared for. It is, however, easier said than done. Even though family members want to take care of the elders, providing care and attention to the aged is becoming tedious. Many of these families are part of the “sandwich generation”—where they are taking care of older family members while caring for their children and juggling through job life.
Further, with an insufficient care workforce to provide in-home care, elders are often left vulnerable to age-related health complications. In this challenging landscape, it isimperative for the current care system to evolve and keep up with the ongoing and future demands for eldercare. Thankfully, for older adults, they may just be aging at the best time. According to Philip Regenie, an IT veteran, modern technology has the opportunity to improve the quality of life to fulfill the needs of eldercare. This led him to establish Zanthion—an AI digital healthcare company specializing in class-leading senior care IoT platform. “Our sole goal is to help older adults uphold their dignity in life. Zanthion offers with an extensive architecture of sensors, wearable devices, and environmental equipment for the senior community so that they age gracefully in the comfort of their homes,” enthuses Regenie, founder and CEO of Zanthion.
Freeing Two Birds with One Key
Given a chance, many senior citizens still prefer care at home rather than moving to an eldercare facility. However, the present state of the senior care system does not paint a happy picture for both caregivers and the elderly population. While healthcare revenue is no longer capped by the number of people treated but driven by value-based, just-in-time delivery of services, there remains a gap in the timely delivery of such care. A key reason behind this is the low retention rate of existing caregivers, as personal and home care aides are the eighth-lowest paying jobs in the U.S. Moreover, with cuts in funding for social-welfare programs, it becomes even more challenging for low-income families to take care of the elderly family members. Thus, caregivers require sophisticated tools that improve patients’ quality of life and allow them to deliver better care.
To bridge this gap between the aged and caregivers, Zanthion offers a complete suite of medical alert solutions for seniors to monitor the patients and ensure their safety. Zanthion’s user-friendly alert systems adjust to patient’s individual needs, assisting caretakers in performing better, and allowing seniors to live a prosperous life in their homes.
The medical alert systems leverage passive environmental sensors as well as wearable technology to eliminate gaps in the delivery of services. “Door alarms, bed sensors, and in-home motion detectors can turn a patient’s residence into a safer place,” comments Regenie. Furthermore, for hospitals, the ability to drive revenue from improved KPI measurement increases staff happiness, customer satisfaction, and business health.
The Journey in Rear View Mirror
Zanthion offers with an extensive architecture of sensors, wearable devices, and environmental equipment for the senior community so that they age gracefully in the comfort of their homes
The idea of Zanthion stems from Regenie’s personal experience with the current state of senior care. After the demise of his father, Regenie relocated to the U.S. to take care of his ailing mother. And, this is when he experienced the challenges of eldercare firsthand. Regenie realized that as people age, they often become hesitant to depend on others. In their minds, they do not wish to place the burden of care on their loved ones, which makes the elderly adults feel inferior and less powerful. Besides, there is also a multitude of problems concerning the quality of services that older people receive. Driven by these experiences, Regenie wanted to give the senior healthcare a facelift. However, the technology that was being used at that time was not up to the mark, as they did not augment human observation. At the same time, the ratio of caregivers to residents in a senior living community has usually been large. With a background of 35 years in the technology industry, it became a social mission for Regenie to create a software solution that mitigates senior care needs.
Revolutionizing Senior Care
Zanthion offers complete personal and home security systems and proactive health monitoring solutions for caregivers that enable them to deliver just-in-time care to elder adults. Through its sensor systems, Zanthion collects all the necessary data and notifies the telehealth and remote patient monitoring companies if there is a need for medical attention. As the data also reveals the type of service required, caregivers can provide an appropriate level of supervision at the right time. Looking at these benefits, many city councils are now examining Zanthion’s solution suite forthe wellness of their ever-growing senior community with a finite amount of available emergency services.
To this extent, Zanthion recently launched SMART Lifetime.
The AI-enabled security system provides lifetime personal and home protection with automatic fall detection, wandering notification, heart rate monitoring, a help button, and two-way communication anywhere in the world. The ‘crowdsourcing notification’ feature, one of the main highlights of SMART Lifetime, lowers the burden of caregiving by spreading the workload across more people, while the predictive analytics and notifications of the system enable proactive care to reduce acute incidents significantly. Jeff Robinson, the chief operating officer of Zanthion, highlights, “This just-in-time healthcare service lowers the chance of catastrophic damage.”
"Door alarms, bed sensors, and in-home motion detectors can turn a patient’s residence into a safer place"
For offering such outstanding technological solutions, Zanthion follows the popular business models of Amazon and Tesla to create the desired outcome of market dominance. Inspired by Amazon’s idea of ‘you want it, you need it, and you get it right away,’ Zanthion’s alert system works in real-time to ensure that the needs of elders are met right away. Highlighting the effectiveness of such business models, John Sebesta, the chief financial officer of Zanthion, states, “When an older person is in trouble, they have a biological fear reaction that causes performance degradation of their memory, leading to diseases like Dementia and Alzheimer’s. To make sure that the fear response does not last a long time, you have to provide physical touch and care to that person immediately.”
In addition to providing proactive care, Zanthion also aims to equip its users with the latest piece of technology. Therefore, Zanthion replicates the ‘buy it today, and the value grow over time,’ concept of Tesla to design an open-architecture solution that can be updated over time and can incorporate new sensors as they become available. This helps care providers, as they can always be equipped with the best available technology without having to go through a significant redesign of their existing tools. Citing an example of such integrations, Regenie highlights, “Whenever a new BMI measurement scale is being developed, we can immediately incorporate it to our existing product.”
Foraying into the Future
Having established itself as the trusted partner of multiple telehealth and remote patient monitoring companies, and other primary caregivers, Zanthion is now growing its sensor line to include more approved wearable and implantable medical devices. “Currently, we are planning to pursue production of our patent-pending soiling detection through our adult diaper technology,” states Sebesta. In addition to senior care, Zanthion’s alert system has also attracted the interest of various probation offices across the U.S. These offices are looking to leverage an alert system similar to the medical alert system to track the wellbeing of people on probation and parole, or on home detention. To cater to these growing demands, Sebesta highlights, Zanthion will strongly focus on remote monitoring for the coming years. With such ambitious plans in its roadmap, Zanthion is now perfectly positioned to lead the senior care system to an unprecedented height and improve the quality of life for everyone.